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Hans Zinsser (1878–1940)

Forfatter af Rats, Lice and History

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Hans Zinsser (1878-1940) was an instructor of bacteriology at Columbia University

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Fødselsdato
1878-11-17
Dødsdag
1940-09-04
Begravelsessted
Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, Sleepy Hollow, New York, USA
Køn
male
Nationalitet
USA
Fødested
New York, New York, USA
Dødssted
New York, New York, USA
Uddannelse
Columbia University
Erhverv
bacteriologist
physician
professor
writer
Organisationer
Stanford University
Columbia University
Harvard University
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Dr. Zinsser was considered the world's leading authority on typhus. He isolated the typhus bacterium and developed a vaccine against the disease. He also wrote the famous 1935 book "Rats, Lice and History," which was called a biography of typhus and served as a model for subsequent popular science books on infectious diseases.

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This was the first book I read, when I was in high school, but not required for a class, about a narrow but fascinating part of history. From then on history to me has meant people of all kinds, though not so much about generals and kings.
History is interesting when it involves science and philosophy, literature and art, common people and their lives.
 
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mykl-s | 10 andre anmeldelser | Nov 27, 2022 |
Published in 1944, Zinsser leads you through his avenues of interest (research) in hunt of an understanding of Typhus - he christens the endeavor a biography. Splendid. This is the style of book I want to read (well, minus the side comments on the worth of women and other races/ethnicities).

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Chapter X: More about the louse: the need for this chapter will be apparent to those who have entered into the spirit of this biography

Typhus is not dead. It will live on for centuries, and it will continue to break into the open whenever human stupidity and brutality give it a chance.… (mere)
 
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dandelionroots | 10 andre anmeldelser | Apr 18, 2020 |
Zinsser Microbiology is a wonderful textbook on Microbiology. I know it is a bit of a tautology to say so in such a manner, but I cannot express it in any other way. Since it is an advanced course of biology and whatnot, and it is for a college level course, it pulls no punches in showing you organic chemistry and mathematics that pertain to cell populations and stuff like that. You open it up, and there’s a picture of a bacteria culture, next page, BAM!, logarithms in your face. So it demonstrates ATP cycles and other metabolic functions, it shows the physiology of bacteria and fungi and other microorganisms, and it shows some ways to combat those organisms. For instance, it shows the chemical composition of penicillin. It also lists some other chemicals that do various things to bacteria, fungi, protists, viruses and other such things. It is somewhat exhaustive actually, though I suppose it could have gone more in depth…

Although when you speak of depth, it does contain references to further reading at the end of each chapter. So if you feel like reading about Immunology, it has some papers and books for you to peruse. Like the first one it references in that section happens to be Granulomatous Hypersensitivity by W.L. Epstein. It sounds pretty interesting actually.

All in all, this was an excellent resource. The only problem I have with it is not really the fault of the book, but one of the field it covers. Since I imagine that Microbiology has advanced a great deal since this came out, it might be a bit out of date, but what do you expect from a book printed in 1972? I happen to own the fifteenth edition, so it doesn’t even have an ISBN, though I don’t know if that is the case, or if it just isn’t on the database or whatever yet. So although it covers the chemical basis of genetics and stuff like that, I don’t know if it really requires knowing the complete genome of some creatures and other such related things.
… (mere)
 
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